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2D Faculty

Carol Kazwick, Department Chair – Paper Arts

Sister Mary Boyd – Art History

Carrie Carlson - Printmaking

Gabriela Guganovic - Photography

Karen Johnson - Painting, Drawing

JoAnne Laudolff - Printmaking

Kimberly Mullarkey – Drawing

Gale Trausch - Watercolor

Alyce Van Acker - Acrylic Painting

Sue Wegener - Watercolor, Drawing

William Worcester – Oil Painting, Acrylic Painting

Carol Zack – Oil Pastel


Carol Kazwick

Carol is a Chicago area based mixed media artist and instructor in hand papermaking and collage. Her artwork revolves around the themes of the natural world, landscape and the past. She holds a B.A. in art from North Central College and exhibits her work extensively in the Midwest. Her work is in the collection of the Kane County Judicial Building, the Hines Veteran Administration Hospital and is also in many private collections.


Sister Mary Boyd

Sister Mary Boyd, a School Sister of St. Francis, has been in the field of education for 49 years. She has a B.S. in Elementary Education from Alverno College in Milwaukee, an M.S. in Education: Guidance and Counseling, from NIU, a studio art major from NIU and an M.A. in Art History from NIU. She also has about 45 credits in Spanish from various places. Most of her education work has been as an art teacher. For the past 12 years, she has been teaching Spanish at the elementary level. Sister Mary loves teaching art history and making original dollhouses. In 22 years, she has created 30 houses and 9 stables for nativity figures.


Carrie Carlson received her BA in Biology and Art at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.  She earned an MFA in Scientific Illustration from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and is currently pursuing an MA in Printmaking at Governors State University.  Since 2001, Carrie has taught science (biology, biomedical sciences, horticulture) and art (drawing, painting, design) in the south suburbs of Chicago.  She is a Quantum Learning Facilitator, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards candidate, and active member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.  In addition, she is a freelance artist and an art instructor at the Morton Arboretum.  In her free time, Carrie loves to visit museums, fill up travel sketchbooks, run in the woods, and grow a rowdy garden.  Carlson is completing an Artist in Residency with the Orland Grasslands celebrating and documenting native plants and animals of the Midwest prairie.


"Gabriela Guganovic is a native Hungarian artist living and working in St Charles. She received a degree in Early Childhood Education in Novi Sad, Serbia and proceeded to teach in international schools in Budapest, Hungary and Warsaw, Poland. Passionate about art and photography she continuously created images in her free time and successfully exhibited and published her photography in Poland. After her move to Chicago in 2005 she earned a Certificate in Photography Technology with Highest Honors at the College of DuPage. She exhibits her work in Europe and the USA and is featured in art magazines internationally. You can view her work at "


Karen is a member of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the Nature Artists’ Guild of the Morton Arboretum.  She exhibits with both guilds and has had a variety of illustration clients.  She has bachelors’ degrees from Iowa State University in biological illustration and entomology, the study of insects.  Karen has done the majority of her color work in watercolor, gouache and acrylic and her black and white work on scratchboard.  Her realistic depictions of flowers and insects are done on a variety of backgrounds ranging from plain to abstract.  She also utilizes the computer to make her paintings available in cards and calendars.  To see more of her work, check out her website at


JoAnne Laudolff

JoAnne Laudolff is a graduate of Columbia College and has been teaching art classes for the past fifteen years. Those classes include: Japanese Papermaking, Printmaking,Mixed Media and Oil and ColdCold wax. She believes that everyone is creative and emphasizes that as a teacher. She is excited by the endless possibilities for experimenting with many art forms.


Kimberly Mullarkey

Kimberly Mullarkey received her BFA in drawing and printmaking from University of California, Santa Cruz and her MFA from NIU. During her studies at NIU she traveled to the southwest of France to study Northern Rennaisance oil painting. She also completed the Botanical Art Certificate program at The Morton Arboretum. She is a Signature Member of the Colored Pencil Society of America. Her work is in numerous collections across the United States and is published in The Best of Colored Pencil series. Kimberly works in several mediums and continues to make sketching a daily part of her day. When she is not making art she is busy teaching at several places and traveling the universe.


I have been a lifelong artist following a passion for drawing, painting and nature. Whether pursuing intensive study of a media myself or instructing all ages, I find fun, excitement & contentment using a pencil, brush & more recently a 'stylus'. After two art degrees & over thirty years of teaching, I pride myself with excellent drawing skills and an expressive mastery of color within the watercolor medium. As much as I yearn to continue traveling with my paints overseas & in our country, I look forward to studying that butterfly in the local prairie much the same as I 'flip/flop' between a realistic close up of a seashell AND an abstract portrayal of a gorgeous sunset. I look forward to sharing this love of watercolor, color and nature with fellow artists.


Alyce Van Acker

Alyce was born and grew up in Wayne, IL. After entering the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan, she became a teacher, working in Michigan, California and Florida. After acquiring an MA in painting, she partnered in an art gallery shop and became an instructor at the Fine Line Creative Arts Center.


Capturing the details of nature and sparking a curiosity of the natural world is what I hope to accomplish in creating my artwork. Although trained as a medical illustrator I was always drawn back to the world of botany. I traded my brush for a computer and worked as a Nature Arts Education Manager for eleven years. Recently I have moved back to freelance art, teaching and designing workshops full time.

I studied scientific illustration at NIU and completed my Master’s in Biomedical Visualization at UIC.


William Worcester

William Worcester was born in Oak Park, Illinois and has had an art career for most of his adult life. He has a B.A. in Art from North Central College and has also studied at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, and with the portraitist George Lambrinides. He is represented currently by four Illinois art galleries and his work is in numerous national and international corporate and private collections. He is a juried member of the Oil Painters of America. His website is


Carol Zack

Carol Zack is a Chicago area artist whose background includes a BA and MA in Art Education. She started her career teaching art in Rantoul, Illinois and also taught art at the University of Illinois and Ball State University. Carol also worked as a visual merchant at Sears Corporate, but recently started her own art business, creating oil pastel paintings, teaching, and exhibiting. She is a member of the Fine Line Creative Arts Center, the Chicago Artist Coalition, and the Oil Pastel Society. E-mail: Website: